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    Do numbers hold spiritual significance? Perhaps they do. For me, the most powerful numbers are two and six because when you multiply those numbers, you get the exact amount of square feet required to roll out a yoga mat. Even after years of practice, I’m continually astounded that all I really need to heal my body, open my heart, and still my chaotic mind is twelve square feet.

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    Drops of rain fall on my naked skin They clean my spirit and awake my conscience They cry with me in a cathartic release They scream, they fight, they hurt, they heal (Excerpted from Healed by rain, chapter Resilience)

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    Do what you are doing. Monastic motto

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    Duality—dark and light, good and evil, high and low—defines more than just the external world. It is the essence of the body, heart, and mind as well. To be at peace with the duality of the world, we first need to be at peace with the ebb and flow of our own emotional, mental, and physical tides.

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    During the Meiji era, the Japanese Zen master, Nan-in had a visitor from a respected university – a professor who wanted to learn about Zen. Nan-in served the professor a pot of tea, but when the cupwas full, he continued pouring until the cup was overflowing. The startled professor watched in amazement until he could no longer restrain himself from intervening, “The cup is full and no more will go in. You’re making a mess!” “Like this cup,” Nan-insaid, “You are full of your own opinions, artificial concepts and negative speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?” Like the learned professor who wanted to understand spirituality, you too must empty your cup and have an open mind and heart.

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    Do you want to see all the wrong things in our world? You sit right there. Then notice how many people move too fast about in life, they go blind over the miracle of being in the moment. Now, do you want to see all the right things? Well I can't honestly speak for others. But this is how it always works for me. I just sit right here. Right here. Beside you. Then silently, I notice how all the wrong things in my world just seem to start falling into their rightful places. Right here. Beside you.

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    Dying is a given, living is an option.

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    Dwell positive thoughts!

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    Dr. Kristin Neff is a researcher and professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She runs the Self-Compassion Research Lab, where she studies how we develop and practice self-compassion. According to Neff, self-compassion has three elements: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness. Here are abbreviated definitions for each of these: Self-kindness: Being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate, rather than ignoring our pain or flagellating ourselves with self-criticism. Common humanity: Common humanity recognizes that suffering and feelings of personal inadequacy are part of the shared human experience—something we all go through rather than something that happens to “me” alone. Mindfulness: Taking a balanced approach to negative emotions so that feelings are neither suppressed nor exaggerated. We cannot ignore our pain and feel compassion for it at the same time. Mindfulness requires that we not “over-identify” with thoughts and feelings, so that we are caught up and swept away by negativity.

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    Each moment of our lives is magical, as I said, and even if you’re truly miserable in your job, or doing whatever it is that keeps making you feel miserable, you need to stop, breathe, and tell yourself how lucky you are to be alive.

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    Each moment is an opportunity to allow for the spiritual to shine through our “human experience”. By doing so, we can then open ourselves up to the possibility of feeling an ever-present wholeness within us.

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    Each moment means a new possibility. Mindfulness is not resisting things to happen but allowing life to unfold its wings.

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    Easter Contemplations It does not concern me If this life is all I have. I do not need a resurrection Or reincarnation Or to live with the gods. It is enough to live With you here In the days of your presence. When my breathes Are complete, Lay me by your side In the dust. As in life, so in death. Let us become one With each other again.

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    Each moment has different flavor, different beauty and different texture.

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    Either you 'are' in your mind, or you are where you are. Fully present.

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    Each time we come to savasana, we practice dying—we surrender the body to the earth and prepare for our destiny in this life. Facing death and embracing mortality is the key to living. We may fear it, resist it, and spend untold hours dreading it, But our mortality is the place where our human nature comes face to face with our divine nature. In a very real sense, death is our greatest teacher and the one true guru.

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    Emotions influence every action we take. So the more we are aware of our feelings, the more we gain conscious control over our lives.

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    Emotions are not problems to be solved. They are signals to be interpreted.

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    Emptiness is not the opposite of existence. It is not nothingness or annihilation.

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    Emotions are like water, turning opaque when disturbed, yet transparent when still. As mindfulness calms our emotions, we can peer into their depths and see our overshadowing spiritual values reflected on the surface.

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    Embracing a healing presence requires you to just be in the moment together.

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    Ending Notions of Happiness Each of us has a notion of how we can be happy. It would be very helpful if we took the time to reconsider our notions of happiness. We could make a list of what we think we need to be happy : "I can only be happy if ... " [...] Where did these ideas come from? Are they reality? Or are they only your notions? If you are committed to a particular notion of happiness, you do not have much chance to be happy. Happiness arrives from many directions. If you have a notion that it comes only from one direction, you will miss all of these other opportunities because you want happiness to come only from the direction you want.

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    Enjoying Life’s Pace: Waiting really shouldn’t be an occupation…things will happen when they happen and not one minute sooner. That is the way of life; it runs at its own pace. Enjoy as many minutes as you can.

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    Empty mind is fundamentally an eye, it observes.

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    Enlightenment comes when you understand the language of heart - the language of tree, birds and the nature.

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    Energy and matter dance together to create reality. Your way into this dance is through your capacity to consciously regulate and harness your emotions.

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    Energy does not judge, it merely creates.

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    ENJOY LIFE! Can’t go wrong with that motto, I think. No matter what activity one engages in, from the simple to the complex, from the mundane to the exciting, it is very worthwhile to keep a non-judgmental mindset. Enjoy every experience for what it is—do not compare it to prior experiences, nor set it up against your expectations, or the expectations of others. In this fashion, no matter what experience unfolds, it will be appreciated. The key as a parent is to encourage your offspring to adopt a like mindset. As well, as a parent, do not concern yourself whether your child is getting “full-value” for your money.

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    Enlightenment is not about attaining a ultimate level of intelligence or intellect. It is regained by shedding all the ideas, illusion and binds thrust on you and that you then so readily accrue.

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    Envision your awareness as a glow in all directions around you, mentally scanning all directions at once—simply witnessing the moment as it is.

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    Enrich your life. Dream, explore and discover the unknown lands with new eyes, new lights and new truths.

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    Enough to live, enough to merely be.

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    Enlightenment is not about attaining an ultimate level of intelligence or intellect. It is regained by shedding all the ideas, illusion and binds thrust on you and that you then so readily accrue.

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    Essentially, 'mindfulness' means having a deeper awareness of what is. Mindfulness entails being aware of our thoughts, feelings and body sensations as they arise in the present moment.

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    Equanimity means to let go, not to abandon.

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    Even amid our problems we can find words that will help us explore, be mindful, grow, and create a better way of living.

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    Essentially, meditation allows us to live in ways that are less automatic. This necessarily means less time spent worrying, ruminating, and trying to control things we can’t control. It means we become less vulnerable to the throes of the fear-driven, older parts of our brains, and freer to use our newer and more sophisticated mental abilities: patience, compassion, acceptance and reason.

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    Escaping is running away from the truth, but disbelief is running towards the truth.

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    Enlightenment is the moment when you are most alive and most compassionate.

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    Even if you are not aware of it, there are moments when you are receiving hints, a nudge, or support from the other side.

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    Even just taking 20 seconds to truly appreciate your surroundings makes a world of difference.

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    Even the busiest bee does not move from one flower to another as often as an untamed mind moves from one thought to another.

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    Even if we were very good at making everything outside of ourselves be just the way we ourselves want it to be (a ludicrous thought, you must admit), we could fundamentally never get everything perfect: because our desires are always changing, because they are often conflicting, and because the changes of the environment can never keep up with the pace of the wanting mind. The satisfaction of desire as a strategy for happiness will always be a doomed enterprise.

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    Even when we're sitting still, with no external stimuli, an endless internal dialogue may be going on in our head. we're constantly consuming our thoughts. Cows, goats, and buffalo chew their food, swallow it, then regurgitate and rechew it multiple times. We may not be cows or buffalo, but we ruminate just the same on our thoughts - unfortunately, primarily negative thoughts. We eat them, and then we bring them up to chew again and again, like a cow chewing its cud.

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    Even the most aware of us do not realize the infinite power we possess or the magnitude of the ability we have to create, transmute, and transcend.

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    Even if you can’t be totally mindful at every meal, if you can say a blessing, silently if necessary, or offer up a prayer for someone, something beyond yourself and your food, the prayer helps to transform eating into something that affects not only our hunger at that moment but the greater world.

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    Everydayness perfumes the depth of life, the huge ocean where all are interconnected, and makes your life mature. Then a new life arises from the depth and appears on the surface. So, by taking care of everydayness, you don’t make just the surface mature; you also make the depth of your life mature.

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    Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

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    Every day, we watch an inner show of ups and downs, highs and lows, joys and turmoil. It’s an endless dance of existence. But it’s possible to bring a little mindfulness into this dance.

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    Every moment is utterly unique and will not be continued in eternity. This fact gives life its poignancy and should concentrate your attention on what you are experiencing now.